News: Current

Listing Application submitted for Shad Thames Offices and Showroom December 14, 2020

The Twentieth Century Society has moved to safeguard our Shad Thames building near Tower Bridge in London, designed for the leading silversmith and designer David Mellor in 1991.


An application is under consideration for the construction of a three-storey rooftop extension and side and rear extensions. C20 has lodged strong objections claiming it "would cause substantial harm to an architecturally and historically significant building."


C20 Society caseworker Coco Whittaker said: "It should be listed as a major work by a renowned architectural practice and as an important exemplar of High-Tech architecture which combines high quality precision plate glass, steel and lead with fine hand finished concrete."


Patty Hopkins commented: "This building occupies a very special place in our oeuvre. David Mellor was a good friend. He was a returning client, as we had already completed the Round Building, his factory in Hathersage, Derbyshire, I remember that we had recently visited Louis Khan’s Yale Centre for British Art, which was definitely an influence.


22 Shad Thames is a fitting memorial to David, who oversaw the building process with his own workforce and applied the same degree of care to the hand sanding of the internal concrete columns, as he did to burnishing his beautiful cutlery."